no cooking today–
mom’s here!

If you’re looking for What’s Cooking Wednesday, tune in Friday when I’ll be hosting La Buona Cucina Americana . . . and making something American with my mom! She’s here! Woohoo!

But for now, can I interest you in seeing our very first homegrown artichoke? It’s a cross between a normal artichoke and the wild kind, thus the interesting spiky look.

Can you see an unwanted guest? Look closely!

Our first homegrown artichoke and unwanted guest on Flickr

Enjoy your Wednesday my peeps!

28 Beans of Wisdom to “no cooking today–
mom’s here!”
  1. 06.11.2008


    Paolaccio’s last blog post..The Pursuit of Happiness

    This got a big ole “Awwwwwww” from la Mamma πŸ˜‰

  2. Gil

    Mozzie? Enjoy your time with your mother!

    Sure is! And thanks πŸ™‚

  3. 06.11.2008

    I love artichokes – I don’t care what they look like!

    You must be thrilled that Mommy is finally there!!! Enjoy your visit and try to shoot us a family photo if you can get everyone to agree to it!

    Salena’s last blog post..Dog Day Afternoon

    Sooooo excited, and I shall do my best on the family shot πŸ˜‰

  4. See y’all on Friday!

    amanda@A Tuscan View…’s last blog post..Pedalo fun

    So happy to hear you’ll be back Amanda πŸ™‚

  5. Have fun!

    Is there a bug on one of the leaves?

    nyc/caribbean ragazza’s last blog post..Loud students + 2:00 a.m. + angry neighbors = a bucket of water.

    The nastiest bug of all! At least to me….

  6. 06.11.2008

    I wanna see you divide that 3 ways and serve it for pranzo!

    Ben venuta alla mamma.

    Judith in Umbria’s last blog post..Bioagriculture: la porta dei gatti

    Thanks for the welcome…and that is quite a challenge you presented. That carciofo was tiny!

  7. Joanne at frutto della passione

    Hurray, have a wonderful time with your Mom!
    Sometimes I have fantasies about having a garden, then I remember that I am incapable of
    taking care of green things, there is a picture of me in every florists in Milan with the words
    *DO NOT SELL ANYTHING TO THIS WOMAN* in four languages written right across my forehead!

    Joanne at frutto della passione’s last blog post..I cooked in the microwave a dish with no name …

    Hah! That is too funny Joanne! Your own “wanted” poster, sort of πŸ˜‰

  8. 06.11.2008

    A mosquito? How did something like that make it into paradise? Looks like a delicious artichoke, though! Enjoy your visit with mom!

    annoa2’s last blog post..Sunday Scribblings: Night

    Oh *far* too many of these in paradise…and yes, the artichoke was indeed lovely πŸ™‚

  9. 06.11.2008

    Yeah, Mom is there!!!!

    Can’t wait to see what your cookin up on Friday.

    Enjoy your visit πŸ˜‰

    Oh, yeah, lovely specimen!

    My MΓ©lange’s last blog post..Travel Tip Tuesday- In Flight Comfort

    Thanks Robin! Great stuff on Friday, I promise πŸ™‚

  10. 06.11.2008

    ~*have tons of fun times with your mom, missy*~


    we will be right here when your visit is over!

    somepinkflowers’s last blog post..tourist tuesday and our lady of la leche shrine

    Thanks SPF; I knew I could count on you πŸ™‚

  11. 06.11.2008

    Beautiful artichoke. Never seen on like that before.
    What timing! I got my first mosquito bite of the season yesterday. I hate them with a passion!!

    milanesemasala’s last blog post..Liverpool – Two Thumbs Up!

    Booooo to the skeeters! This artichoke is truly something special; I’ve never seen one like this before either, actually; a friend of P’s gave him this hybrid to plant this year. Isn’t it adorable?

  12. 06.11.2008

    Yayyyyy! I’m so thrilled for you both that your Mama is with you. There’s nothing like a visit from Mom. Enjoy!

    Thanks Nino; couldn’t agree more!

  13. 06.11.2008

    Enjoy your time with your mom! Is that a mosquito? Does it mean then, that summer has finally arrived to Italy?

    Beatriz’s last blog post..From the other side of the Atlantic

    Sure is a mosquito! And I suppose the arrival of summer is at least a good thing….

  14. Kristin

    Mom got in safe and sound, I assume?! Have a WONDERFUL visit and please tell her I’m jealous!!!

    – K

    Yup, safe and sound…now when are you booking *your* flights?!

  15. 06.11.2008

    Have fun with your mom! Are you going to tell us what to do with an artichoke when you come back? Or am I just supposed to know that? πŸ™‚

    Stefanie’s last blog post..I’m not dead

    Well no, I don’t think this is one of the basic things everyone should know. To be honest (this is top secret!), I’m not a huge fan of all the work you need to do before you get to something good with artichokes. But when someone else makes them, they are rather delicious. I posted a recipe a while back (that I’m too lazy to look up now) for Pasta with artichokes and eggs…*that* is tasty and unique πŸ™‚

  16. 06.11.2008

    Have a great time with your mum! How nice for you that she is there, and for quite some time too.
    P.S Nice artichokes too – I’ve never a seen a ‘wild’ one before!

    Leanne’s last blog post..Top 5 holiday tips

    Thanks Leanne! I’m so happy she’s able to stay longer that 10-14 days πŸ™‚

  17. 06.11.2008

    That is one very interesting looking artichoke!

    Enjoy mom’s visit! Mine comes in three more weeks!

    Diane Mandy’s last blog post..Things I don’t remember (but wish I did)

    How exciting for you too Diane! Hooray for mom visits!

  18. 06.11.2008

    enjoy your mom πŸ™‚ is this her first visit to Calabria?

    Eryn’s last blog post..CrepeHappy for Flip Happy!

    Thanks Eryn! Actually this is her second time here…she loved it the first time, and so far so good this time πŸ˜‰

  19. 06.11.2008

    Have fun, you two!!

    p.s. Are you going to introduce her to frittole? πŸ˜‰

    Melissa’s last blog post..Ah, Abruzzo

    Thanks Melissa! And no, I wouldn’t subject my mom to that. Although she is German in heritage, so they eat a lot of disgusting pig part sort of things too…. πŸ˜‰

  20. 06.11.2008

    Have a great time with your mom. I’ll be checking in Friday to see what the two of you come up with.

    renaedujour’s last blog post..D’s Mom’s Banana Split Cake

    Thanks! I hope you like what we got cookin’ πŸ˜‰

  21. 06.11.2008

    Enjoy your visit! I’ll bet it’s wonderful to see her.

    jen of a2eatwrite’s last blog post..What’s Cooking Wednesday – Sublime Spring Lunch

    Indeed Jen. It’s like no time has past at all…isn’t that the best?!

  22. 06.11.2008

    Very interesting artichoke. Do not like the uninvited guest though. Yuk.

    Thanks for stopping by my site.

    thotlady’s last blog post..Computer madness…

    I’m not too fond of that guest either….

  23. Like that little spikey version.
    Hello to your mum.
    Have a wonderful time enjoying each other’s company.

    collette~all over the map’s last blog post..sometimes obstacles do get in my way

    Mum says hello right back Collette πŸ™‚

  24. 06.12.2008


    So glad mom is there, I know how much you’ve been looking forward to her visit!! Enjoy!

    I’m going to go play catch up on your blog right now.

    Karina’s last blog post..The Blogess Returns – An Update and a Giveaway

    Thanks Karina; hope you’re enjoying the catch-up πŸ˜‰

  25. 06.12.2008

    That is an interesting looking artichoke… but, more importantly, what kind of bug is that?

    …and do they bite?

    Scarlett & Viaggiatore

    Wanderlust Scarlett’s last blog post..Wandering Through Gardens

    It’s a mosquito, and I think you know the answer to the second part….

  26. 06.12.2008

    Have fun with your mum!!! πŸ™‚ Very interesting looking artichoke…love to see what you will cook with that !!!!

    anne’s last blog post..Saturdays Supper

    P actually convinced me to eat this raw–kind of sucking out the good stuff from the bottoms of the leaves. Was quite interesting πŸ˜‰

  27. Tina

    That artichoke seriously makes me miss Tuscany!

    Have fun with your mom! πŸ™‚

    Tina’s last blog post..Milonguero style – beyond technique (an opinion)

    Thanks Tina!

  28. 06.16.2008

    Absolutely fascinated by that artichoke. Never seen anything like it!

    Wendy’s last blog post..A Walk in the Woods

    It is rather unique, isn’t it Wendy?

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